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Need to download dcpromo.exe for W2K Server

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I need to demote a Windows 2000 Server which was replaced by a Windows 2003 Server, but no longer have the W2K installation CD.  Can you tell me where I can download the Windows 2000 Server version of dcpromo.exe?  Alternatively, can I use dcpromo.exe from the Windows 2003 CD?
Thanks very much.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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I would suggest you contact Microsoft for a replacement CD.
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I'd like to think the 2003 disk would do the job(s) of upgrading to itself but have not tried. You might consider getting the resource kit and reading up on things like conversions. This should let you browse relevant topics online while using some tools as well as reviewing hardcopy offline.
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Thanks for the suggestions but 1) don't need another W2K CD since server is being retired, and 2) have already gone through conversion and upgrade from W2K to W2003 which required lots of research, tools, upgrades, downgrades, sideways grades, etc.  dcpromo.exe is not part of the W2K resource kit.  

Just need to demote old W2K server to properly remove it from AD and the domain.  Does anyone know if/where I can download the Windows 2000 Server version of dcpromo.exe?  Alternatively, can I use dcpromo.exe from the Windows 2003 CD?

Thanks.
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Ian Meredith earned 200 total points
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G'day efield,

Have you tried to run DCPROMO?  

It should be located in the winnt\system32 folder.  It is also contained in Windows 2000 Service Pack 4.

Ian
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As Ian_Admino suggests DCPROMO is installed by default - and I know of no way to uninstall it unless you delete it.  And I think it's covered by the DLLCACHE so even if you deleted it, it would be restored - unless you consciously tried to remove it from there as well.  

DCPROMO cannot be legally downloaded as it is a component of 2000 Server.  I seriously doubt the 2003 DCPROMO would work because it's a different tool with different DLL dependencies.  Want to find out?  Make system state backups of all your servers and then try it.  I can't imagine anyone else has because DCPROMO is ALWAYS on the 2000 server and this would be unncessary.
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G'day Ian.  Much chagrined as I just realized your are correct.  Thanks very much!
Ed
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